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The Wagner Law Group

The Wagner Law Group is a nationally recognized practice in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, estate planning, employment, labor and human resources and investment management.

 

Established in 1996, The Wagner Law Group is dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, excellence and thought leadership and is considered to be amongst the nation's premier ERISA and employee benefits law firms. The firm has seven offices across the country, providing unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities worldwide. The Wagner Law Group's 29 attorneys, senior benefits consultant and four paralegals combine many years of experience in their fields of practice with a variety of backgrounds. Seven of the attorneys are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and six are Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, an invitation-only organization of nationally recognized employee benefits lawyers.  Seven of the firm's attorneys have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for 2017, which highlights outstanding lawyers based on a rigorous selection process.

 

 

 

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The Wagner Law Group

 

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Boston 

Tel: (617) 357-5200 

Fax: (617) 357-5250 

99 Summer Street 

13th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

 

Washington, D.C.

Tel: (202) 969-2800

 

Fax: (202) 969-2568

 800 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Suite 810

Washington, D.C. 20006

 

Chicago

Tel: (847) 990-9034

Fax: (847) 557-1312

190 South LaSalle Street

Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60603

 

  

Palm Beach Gardens 

Tel: (561) 293-3590
Fax: (561) 293-3591
7108 Fairway Drive
Suite 125
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

   

Tampa

Tel: (813) 603-2959

Fax: (813) 603-2961

101 East Kennedy Boulevard

Suite 2140
Tampa, FL  33602 

  

San Francisco

Tel: (415) 625-0002

Fax: (415) 358-8300

300 Montgomery Street

Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94104

  

St. Louis

Tel: (314) 236-0065

Fax: (314) 236-5743
25 W. Moody Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63119 

 

 

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     2018 Medicare Part A Deductibles and Part B Premiums

December 27, 2017

 

 

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has announced the Medicare Part A deductibles and Part B premiums for 2018. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital and hospice care, while Part B covers outpatient services such as doctors' visits.

 

The Part A deductible for inpatient hospital expenses will be $1,340 in 2018, a $24 increase over the prior year. For the 61st through 90th day of hospitalization, the per diem coinsurance cost will be $335, while hospital stays over 90 days will cost $670 per day. Daily coinsurance for the 21st to 100th day in a skilled nursing facility will cost $167.50 in 2018.

 

The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium for 2018 remains, for most individuals, at $134. As required by the Medicare Modernization Act, single beneficiaries with incomes over $85,000 and married couples with incomes of over $170,000 will pay a higher Part B premium, based on a sliding scale.

 

Some beneficiaries who were "held harmless" against Part B premium increases in prior years will have a Part B premium increase in 2018, but the premium increase will be offset by the increase in their Social Security benefits. Medicare Part B enrollees who are not subject to the "hold harmless" provision include beneficiaries who: do not receive Social Security benefits; enroll in Part B for the first time in 2018; are directly billed for their Part B premium; are dually eligible for Medicaid and have their premium paid by state Medicaid agencies; or who pay the income-related premium mentioned above. These groups represent approximately 30 percent of the total Part B beneficiaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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